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NZ's a2 milk says FDA has postponed request to supply formula

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New Zealand's A2 Milk Company said Wednesday that the US Food and Drug Administration has stayed a mandatory discretionary request for dairy manufacturers importing infant formula into the US.

A2 noted from the International Dairy Association that pending enforcement discretion applicants have received similar communications from the FDA and that regulatory agencies are currently deferring further review of all such applications. He said he had been notified that he was doing so.

Earlier this month, a2 rejected reports suggesting it was nearing approval to market its formula in the United States, and the application is still under active review. added.

Dairy companies in Australia and New Zealand are filling US empty shelves with baby food after the US recently eased import policies to ease one of the biggest infant formula shortages in recent history.

With the exception of Bubs Australia Ltd, UK-based Kendamil, Nestle SA and Danone SA, the FDA has yet to approve infant formula products from other applicants. Is not ... (Reporting by Harish Sridharan of his in Bangalore, Editing by Maju Samuel)